Linda Cook

Linda Cook

""It keeps me sharp. On the edge. Where I belong." -- Heat."

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Biography:
Have written reviews since 1987 for the Quad-City Times newspaper in Davenport, Iowa. Have appeared regularly since 1994 on KWQC-TV, local NBC affiliate; and STAR 93.5 FM. Teach criminal justice and composition at local university.
Favorites:
All time favorite: "Harvey" with Jimmy Stewart. Other favorites: "Reservoir Dogs," "Pulp Fiction," "Babe," "E.T.," "Blazing Saddles," "Memento," "Gladiator," "L.A. Confidential," "Dead Man," "U-Turn," "El Mariachi," "Amelie," "The Women," "A.I.," "Minority Report," "A Beautiful Mind," "Spider-Man," "Jurassic Park," "Bambi," "The Sugarland Express," "A New Leaf," "Heat," "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "sex, lies and videotape," "Thelma and Louise," "Man on Wire," "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill," "Capturing the Friedmans," "Wall-E," "Lars and the Real Girl," and about a zillion others.
Publications:
KWQC-TV (Iowa) , Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Critics' Group:
Broadcast Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
2134
Total QuickRatings:
475
Location:
Iowa

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/4 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " If Mark Wahlberg stars as an interesting character, the movie has a fighting chance at the box office - and this one became a hit." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3/4 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " Proof that "January junk" no longer applies to every January release." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Feb 21, 2014
2.5/4 18% Devil's Due (2014) " 'Devil's Due' is pretty much a found-footage version of the classic 1968 Roman Polanski movie 'Rosemary's Baby.'" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Feb 21, 2014
4/4 92% Nebraska (2013) " No film aficionado should miss 'Nebraska.'" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3/4 23% Gimme Shelter (2014) " Vanessa Hudgens proves that she's a versatile, grown-up performer in 'Gimme Shelter,' an unsettling look at a pregnant teenager who seems to have nowhere to run." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Feb 21, 2014
2.5/4 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " For those of you expecting another PG-13 romantic comedy, take note that 'That Awkward Moment' is rated R. This means it may or may not be a good date movie, depending upon your sweetheart's tolerance for f-bombs." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Feb 21, 2014
4/4 93% All Is Lost (2013) " 'Captain Phillips' wasn't the only see-worthy vessel of 2013. " — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Feb 21, 2014
4/4 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " Smart and hilarious, with writing as brilliant as the colors of Lego blocks, 'The Lego Movie' is wowing winter-worn audiences of all ages." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Feb 21, 2014
2.5/4 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " Part 'Hogan's Heroes' and part 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'The Monuments Men' shifts its tone too often to tell a consistent tale." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3.5/4 70% About Last Night (2014) " Sexy, witty and romantic, 'About Last Night' is a remake of the 1986 Edward Zwick film adapted from David Mamet's 'Sexual Perversity in Chicago,' a stage play. The 1986 movie and this one both are rated R, but this one has more steam in its dialogue." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3/4 48% RoboCop (2014) " Everyone is curious about remakes while simultaneously asking 'Why remake a perfectly good movie?' With 'RoboCop,' the answers are a little easier to figure out than with a lot of other reimagined tales." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Feb 21, 2014
1/4 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " 'Winter's Tale' (not to be confused with Shakespeare's play) is a beautiful mess." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3/4 82% The Way (2011) " Emilio Estevez directs a road-trip movie with a different twist: The characters are all walking. 'The Way' refers to the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a Catholic pilgrim's journey that reaches 550 miles across France and northern Spain. " — KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Posted Feb 18, 2014
4/4 —— Titans Of The Ice Age 3D " This is one of the best uses of computer-generated imagery, or CGI, you'll ever see. And the 3-D technique makes the animals seem even more alive in 'Titans of the Ice Age 3D,' which is wonderfully narrated by Christopher Plumme" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Feb 17, 2014
4/4 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " A character study of a guy who sabotages himself at every turn, along with one of the best soundtracks this year, 'Inside Llewyn Davis' is another superb Coen Brothers film." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jan 14, 2014
4/4 94% Her (2014) " The latest film directed by Spike Jonze begs the question: Is touch a necessary sense for love?" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jan 14, 2014
1/4 3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " When awfulness reaches a certain point, it achieves unintentional hilarity. " — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jan 14, 2014
2.5/4 46% The Book Thief (2013) " Better than average but far from the high quality of the book on which it is based, 'The Book Thief' is an above-average film about ordinary German citizens trying to survive World War II." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jan 7, 2014
2/4 19% Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (2013) " Here's the simple truth: If you like the character of Madea, who is filmmaker Tyler Perry in drag, you will like Perry's 'A Madea Christmas.' If you don't, or if you haven't 'met' Madea yet, then this probably isn't for you." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jan 7, 2014
2/4 25% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " As I gazed, slack-jawed, at the fantastic visuals of wWalking With Dinosaurs,' I could not fathom how it came to be paired with the hideous, low-brow dialogue. And then I think I figured it out." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jan 7, 2014
2/4 13% 47 Ronin (2013) " Sometimes, less is more. How I wish that '47 Ronin' had foregone so much CGI and relied more on adventure and star-crossed love as the ronin - samurai warriors without a master - seek revenge upon a powerful and ruthless man." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jan 7, 2014
4/4 75% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Even more entertaining than its predecessor, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" continues J.R.R. Tolkien's journey with fleshed-out characters and action sequences that will bring fans back to their beloved Middle Earth." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jan 7, 2014
3.5/4 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' is even cleverer and more outrageous than its predecessor." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jan 7, 2014
4/4 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Mary Poppins didn't just float in on the wind to make an appearance on the big screen. Hers was a 20-year struggle, and that challenge is depicted in 'Saving Mr. Banks,' the story of Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jan 7, 2014
3/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Scorsese's solid 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' based on the true story of a white-collar criminal's excesses, would have been even better if it weren't so ... excessive." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jan 7, 2014
4/4 93% American Hustle (2013) " 'American Hustle' is smart, sophisticated and slick. Director David O. Russell has been nominated for the Academy Award for both last year's 'Silver Linings Playbook' and 'The Fighter,' and he's bound to earn at least a nod again this year." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jan 7, 2014
2.5/4 49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' is not the old James Thurber short story brought to the big screen. It's important to make that clear. " — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jan 7, 2014
2/4 30% Grudge Match (2013) " 'Grudge Match' is just about what you'd expect: an average movie that's an excuse to pair Sylvester Stallone with Robert De Niro in a sort of 'Rocky vs. Raging Bull' picture." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jan 7, 2014
3/4 39% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " This expands the 'Paranormal Activity' universe quite a bit, in an entertaining way. The franchise, which appeared to be losing its grip in the fourth movie, isn't running out of steam yet." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Jan 7, 2014
3/4 42% Homefront (2013) " Nobody would know what Sylvester Stallone fans want from a Stallone action movie better than Sly himself." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Dec 5, 2013
4/4 92% Philomena (2013) " The true story of 'Philomena' hits so close to my own past that I couldn't leave the theater without tears." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Dec 5, 2013
4/4 89% Frozen (2013) " 'Frozen' is one of the most solid family films of 2013. And here it is, just in time for the holiday season - perfect timing on Disney's part." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Dec 5, 2013
3.5/4 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " This isn't exactly the story of Ron Woodroof, nor is it the story about the ghastly politics involved in the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. Still, 'Dallas Buyers Club' rings true as a glimpse back at a time when desperate people took desperate measures." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Nov 25, 2013
3.5/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Full of action, drama and romance, 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' is every bit as entertaining as its predecessor. A 'link' movie, to be sure, but strong on its own, "Catching Fire" is certain to continue to do just that at the box office." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Nov 25, 2013
3/4 68% The Best Man Holiday (2013) " I never thought I'd see a faith-based, R-rated movie, but here it is in 'The Best Man Holiday,' a sequel to a movie from 14 years ago. It does have an R rating, but its characters all have a deep, abiding faith. " — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Nov 25, 2013
4/4 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " Some movies are 'must-see,' but '12 Years a Slave' goes beyond that to 'deserves to be seen' status. The film, which tells a true story, is a rarity that pulls no punches about the hellishness of slavery. " — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Nov 25, 2013
3/4 96% Enough Said (2013) " James Gandolfini will be missed. He could play a brute, as in 'Killing Them Softly,' or, as he does here in 'Enough Said,' a lovable, albeit flawed, regular guy. Either way, you cared about the characters into whom the late Gandolfini breathed life." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Nov 25, 2013
1.5/4 34% The Counselor (2013) " What a letdown. 'The Counselor' is a rambling mess with a talented cast that's far superlative to its tedious screenplay." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Nov 13, 2013
2.5/4 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " 'Bad Grandpa' made me laugh more than it didn't, but I still missed the antics by the rest of the 'Jackass' gang in this R-rated road trip." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Nov 13, 2013
2/4 47% Last Vegas (2013) " Bland, completely accessible and unworthy of its talented troupe, 'Last Vegas' is just about what you'd expect. If all you need for entertainment is this stellar cast in a mundane script, you'll have a great time. " — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Nov 13, 2013
2/4 18% Free Birds (2013) " Strange references to the 1970s and a bizarre plot line about time travel stuff 'Free Birds' with a lot of material that's too weird for either little kids or parents to get" — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Nov 13, 2013
2/4 60% Ender's Game (2013) " If I were an 11-year-old kid, I probably would consider this the best movie I'd ever seen." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Nov 13, 2013
3.5/4 69% About Time (2013) " There are those who, upon finding a plot hole in a film, allow it to ruin the movie. I'm not among them.'About Time' is flawed, with numerous plot holes. But it's beautifully told, wonderfully acted and touching enough to bring viewers to tears." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Nov 13, 2013
2.5/4 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " Better than average, the second in the "Thor" franchise isn't as interesting as other Marvel tales." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Nov 13, 2013
4/4 100% Jerusalem (2013) " You don't just go to Jerusalem. You experience Jerusalem. Those are the words of the director of this phenomenal documentary. " — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Nov 13, 2013
3/4 29% Machete Kills (2013) " For those who enjoyed the surprise TV hit 'Sharknado' this summer and/or the original 'Machete,' here's 'Machete Kills,' a parody of old-time drive-in and generally sleazy movies that's a sequel to 'Machete' from a few years back." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Oct 19, 2013
4/4 89% Rush (2013) " Ron Howard and Peter Morgan are a pair to draw to - and 'Rush' deserves to draw an audience." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2.5/4 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2' is a serviceable sequel that's not as tasty as its predecessor." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3.5/4 81% Don Jon (2013) " Joseph Gordon-Levitt has teetered on being the Next Big Thing. He's finally there with 'Don Jon,' a grownups-only movie about addiction and compulsion in which he stars. He also wrote and directed this movie about a man's obsession with pornography." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3/4 72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " Sometimes uneven but always sincere, 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' is a dramatic history of civil rights as seen through the eyes of a White House butler who served several presidential administrations." — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Posted Sep 28, 2013
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